SPEAKING OF IDEAS THAT THE GOP COULD OFFER, I think a series of legislative proposals aimed at implementing promises Obama made in 2008 would be fun and politically profitable: Cutting the deficit in half, closing the revolving door between government and business (my USA Today column this week will be on that one), implementing greater transparency, etc. Just send one bill after another over to the Senate. . . .
Agreed – perfect idea. Of course, Obama and his slavish media would try to pretend that all that is just rot…but if we did do it – and keep doing it – then it would start to impress itself on the public mind, and that would work to our benefit.
Twitchy has the latest string of liberal hated – calls for Anny Romney to die, or kill herself…and kill her husband, too. There is more to see at Instapundit where there is a thread about how people who are conservative but work in “liberal” professions are afraid to have their colleagues learn of their views…because everyone knows that if you’re surrounded by liberals and don’t toe the line, they’ll make you pay for it.
Remember that “new tone” bullsh**? Yeah; me, neither.
And for some reason known but to God, Harry Reid thinks that if you make $250,000 (many small businesses fall into this category) that you’re magically a millionaire! (Liberals were never very good at math, were they?).
Not only that, they think that taking resources from those who have the ability to create jobs during this economy will somehow help the economy.
Moronic thinking such as this deserves no quarter. These clowns MUST GO.
The thing about un-plugging for a little while – especially if you make an effort to really shut your ears to popular culture – is that in the silence, thought can grow. We are relentlessly bombarded through our waking hours by sounds and images created by others in an attempt to get us to say or do something we might not do purely voluntarily. This bombardment comes at us so fast that we do not have time to reflect upon what we have just seen – if you do desire to think about things for a moment, another sound or image is thrown at you, demanding your attention, and thus destroying the possibility of thinking through the immediately preceding sound or image.
Hitler only had it half right – it isn’t so much that people will believe a lie if it is repeated often enough (and on a big enough scale), but that people will tend to believe anything which is endlessly repeated to them; truth, or lie. The trouble is that those who will bestir themselves to endlessly repeating something are precisely those most inclined to lie – because they are desperately trying to extract money or power from people who otherwise would not surrender them. It is one thing, however, when some huckster is trying to bamboozle us in to spending money on Brand X rather than Brand Y of toothpaste, quite another when someone is trying to trick us in to surrendering great amounts of wealth and/or power.
In the great effort to get us to surrender our power and wealth to government, the Obama Administration has engaged in a series of lies, from day one, in order to deflect us away from the truth of what they are doing. Obama (or, more accurately, I believe; Obama’s puppet-masters) wanted and wants a specific outcome: America changed in to a social-democratic State run along European lines with no ability of dissenters to disturb the masters of the State. You, naturally, cannot run on such a platform in the United States because to do so would be political suicide (it may, even, be political suicide to do so in Europe…its not like the German Chancellor actually ran on a platform of putting German taxpayers on the hook to pay for Greek profligacy…but that is what the German people are getting; and if they toss the Chancellor out at the next election then, guess what?; her opponents are just as committed to bailing out the Greeks as she is). Unable to speak the truth about himself or his program, Obama has no other choice than to lie if he wishes to advance his agenda to victory.
Yesterday I linked to this chart over at Zero Hedge. Do take a close look at it – as you can see, the two lines relating to employment track each other quite closely through both recessions and boom times…until 2009. All of a sudden, after Obama takes office, the lines sharply diverge. Either we were always getting it wrong in the past, or someone is lying, today. We were actually given a preview of this before Obama took office – when he and his people starting talking about the number of jobs which would be “saved or created” by Obama policies. The “saved” was the key…Obama could claim any number pulled out of a hat: how could anyone prove that any particular job wasn’t “saved” by Obama? But the phrase passed mostly un-noticed, even on the right: but it always was a means whereby no matter what happened, Obama could spin a positive story about his accomplishments, even if he had to lie to do so. The lie in the Obama Administration isn’t a bug, its a feature: a crucial feature. Without lies, Obama has no chance to accomplish his goals.
The MSM is, of course, no help in this. Outside of a very few outlets, the MSM is entirely in the tank for Obama. And I mean to the level of absurdity – Rush related a Los Angeles Times report which asserted that the American people are not upset over higher gas prices. That we’re just grinning and bearing it and are just happily becoming more efficient in our gasoline usage. The truth of the matter is that we’re all upset about the higher prices – we are grinning and bearing it because there’s nothing we can do about it (at least until November 6th), but to try and cast the American people as ok with the higher prices is idiocy. But it is peddled by the LA Times as fact…and parroted in the rest of the MSM, as well. On an on it goes through the MSM – the reality of a corrupt, incompetent government leading us down a path the American people never voted for is ignored…instead, we’re endlessly hammered with a series of alternate reality stories designed to either trick us in to agreeing with Obama or, failing that, at least distracting us from the crucial issues.
It is no accident that over the past few months we have discussed birth control and the Trayvon Martin killing as opposed to discussing the actual issues (did you know that the Obama Administration continues to stonewall on the much-worse-than-Watergate “Fast and Furious” scandal? Of course you don’t…or, if you do, you have to think about it for a moment…what should be front and center is shoved in to the background, while we talk about whether college kids should have birth control subsidies). It will be no accident as we head towards November that we continue to talk about birth control, Martin and anything else which can be brought forward – or completely manufactured – by Obama, his cronies and the MSM (I know – same/same) in order to distract us from the issues and (it is hoped by Obama) allow him to slide in to re-election, almost as an afterthought. Remember that Obama has a goal – he wants to achieve the goal. He couldn’t run on his goal in 2008 and he can’t run on it in 2012; as it turns out, he also can’t run on his record as President because it is lousy…but he still wants to achieve the goal (and the MSM wants him to achieve it, as well).
Over the next 7 months we will all be bombarded by sounds and images designed to distract us, discourage us and, in general, make all of us less effective in our goal: getting Obama out of office. All of you reading this have already been hammered by the lies – and you’ll be double and triple hammered by November 6th. But here’s the thing: Obama is all lies. There is no truth to what he says; nor any truth in what his supporters say. The reality is that the economy is in lousy shape and getting worse; the reality is that nearly a million people have dropped their Democrat party registration since Obama took office (while the GOP has grown in number of registered voters); the reality is that a bunch of senior House and Senate Democrats are retiring this year rather than seek re-election (if they thought the Democrat party had a chance of winning – and thus giving power and wealth to themselves – they’d stay in, simple as that); the reality is that Obama is digging in in Virginia because he knows that if he doesn’t carry that State, he can’t be re-elected (no Democrat won that State since 1964 until Obama won it in 2008…where it just padded his margin; but Carter and Clinton never needed it…why does Obama need it? Probably because he’s already lost Florida, Ohio and Iowa); the reality is that Obama probably won’t raise the $1 billion he thought he would; the reality is that the DNC will not be providing much (if any) money to down-ballot candidates because they need to reserve all their cash for Obama’s effort; the reality is that the RNC has completely turned-around its fund-raising; the reality is that in the hotly contested GOP primaries, GOP turnout is much higher than in 2008…the reality, in short, is not what Obama and the MSM make it to be.
As we go through the rest of this year, dig deeper. Do not accept at face value anything reported in the MSM. Always check it. And after checking it, turn off the TV/Radio/Computer and think about it for a bit…think it through. The other day a Gallup poll said that Obama was up by 14 percentage points among “swing State independent women”. But, wait, Romney allegedly led among that same demographic by 5 percentage points in December. What gives? What has happened between December and April to lead to a 19 point swing among a demographic? A swing which makes this demographic more enthusiastic for Obama in 2012 than they were in 2008? Do you really think GOP opposition to providing birth control to college kids did that? Well, that is the narrative they want you to believe – and, presto!, there’s an MSM poll to back it up. Trust nothing the MSM reports; trust nothing Obama and his team say – they will keep up the drumbeat of lies from now until November 6th, never admitting that doom stares them in the face (well, to cover themselves, the MSM will put out a few reports the last weekend indicating the debacle rapidly approaching…so they can say on November 7th, “hey, we saw it coming”.). Keep your spirits up, do what you can for the cause…and then just carry on. We’ve got these people on the ropes and we will rescue our nation.
I’m sure most of you by now saw the photos of Michelle Obama shopping at Target… I hope you won’t be too shocked to find out there’s now proof the photo op was staged.
Another staged moment in the lives of Barack and Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama just had to get out to Target to do a little shopping last week. But, before the shopping run the White House tipped off AP photographer Charles Dharapak so that he would be at the store to memorialize the moment.
Michelle’s communication director has previously said that it is a common occurrence for her go out to run an errand. Sure, we really believed that one. It’s so common in fact that they have to alert AP photographers every time she finds it politically convenient to mingle with the real folks.
My friend Ali A. Akbar found Morgan Freeman’s recent comments about the Tea Party to be quite disturbing, and as a Tea Party activist, has challenged Morgan Freeman to experience a Tea Party rally.
I’ve attended dozens of tea party events. I’ve helped organize them, and I’ve even spoken at a few. The tea party is not what is often depicted in the news. It is people of all colors who are terribly concerned about the direction that America is heading. We don’t trust big government to make decisions for us. And we fear that the present administration’s spending is going to lead our country down a path to insolvency, much like what Greece is currently facing.
Your comments about the tea party have caused me physical pain. You’ve rekindled the old painful paradigm of Uncle Tom – that any black man who votes Republican is some kind of sellout. It’s not true. I work hard, pay my taxes, love Jesus, and I’m good to my family and community. In effect, your comments have stereotyped an entire group of people. And I know in my soul that you must regret that on some level.
There’s already plenty of groupthink among American blacks. Over 90% of us vote Democrat with religious regularity, and we have been doing so for over fifty years. For a short time, I was one of them. I realized a few years ago that the Democrats’ promises of equality bestowed by government wasn’t working and will never work. I came to believe that redistributionist policies with the goal of social justice was essentially creating a new plantation within the federal government. Scraps might be thrown our way, but dependence on the plantation would be the inevitable result.
I urge you to read Ali’s entire piece.
Ali and I have been good friends for quite a few years now, and our backgrounds are very different. Even our politics, while at the conservative end of the spectrum, are different. I dare say that if we reviewed all of our positions he’d probably be more conservative than I am. However we got to where we are politically, our beliefs are genuinely our own. We both believe enough in our politics to have walked the walk and not just talked the talk. And it is a shame that celebrities like Morgan Freeman or Janeane Garofalo use their celebrity to stereotype roughly half of Americans and insult minorities just because they don’t conform to their close minded belief that black Americans are traitors to their race if they lean to the right, or that Republicans are inherently racist. Those attitudes do more to hurt race relations in this country than they realize.
I’d like to see Morgan Freeman take up Ali’s offer to attend a Tea Party event in Tennessee. Perhaps a little open-mindedness can usher in a new era of civility.
Yet another liberal lie disposed of – from the AP:
…There may be individual millionaires who pay taxes at rates lower than middle-income workers. In 2009, 1,470 households filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax, according to the Internal Revenue Service. But that’s less than 1 percent of the nearly 237,000 returns with incomes above $1 million.
This year, households making more than $1 million will pay an average of 29.1 percent of their income in federal taxes, including income taxes, payroll taxes and other taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank.
Households making between $50,000 and $75,000 will pay an average of 15 percent of their income in federal taxes.
Lower-income households will pay less. For example, households making between $40,000 and $50,000 will pay an average of 12.5 percent of their income in federal taxes. Households making between $20,000 and $30,000 will pay 5.7 percent…
Doubling up on the dishonesty is the fact that Buffett routinely takes advantage of every tax break he can – and, indeed, has on-going disputes with the IRS as it claims Buffett owes more than he paid. The bottom line is that the “millionaires pay more than secretaries” is a lie while the actions of people like Buffett prove that the call for a tax hike isn’t to make the rich “pay their fair share” but to allow Obama to more heavily tax the upper middle class (remember, in Obamunism, “millionaires and billionaires” start at $200,000.00 per year for individual income earners).
All part of the scam, at any rate. Buffett makes his money off of the current, corrupt way of doing business. If it weren’t for our Byzantine tax and regulatory codes and the ability of billionaires like Buffett to grease the palms of politicians, Buffett never would have made his money – certainly no where near the billions he currently has. Buffett is a liberal financial shark who grows fat not out of creating wealth, but by siphoning it off from the productive by means of financial shennanigans. But this does give Buffett a vested interest in the status quo…if the liberal State is swept away, so will Buffett’s ability to maintain and grow his horde. And not just for Buffett, but for a host of such economic parasites.
So, come up with bogus stories claiming that secretaries pay more than billionaires, help Obama increase taxes on “the rich” which really works out to tax hikes on middle class people while the Buffetts of the world are unscathed…and finally hope that all the class warfare rhetoric and actions helps Obama get re-elected so the gravy train can keep rolling along. That is all this was ever about…and it is all it ever will be about until we turn these cretins out.
Liberals who call themselves (or think they really are) moderates.
Seriously, it happens all too often that a liberal friend of mine (usually on Facebook) will argue with me about something I’ve posted and in the course of the debate they make the claim that aren’t liberal. No, of course not, if you asked them, they are moderate, or independent.
Why do they do this? It could be a number of things.
I suspect the main reason is they want to give the impression that they “listen to both sides” and come to an “unbiased conclusion” even though said conclusion is the left wing position virtually every single time.
This “I’m a moderate” argument is also used to attack my position, because I’m just an extremist right-winger who has some microchip in his brain taking orders from Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck or whoever tops their list of Hated Icons on the Right.
Sometimes what happens is that these so-called moderates adopt a couple of conservative positions on select issues so they can claim their moderate status.
Of course, I know plenty of conservatives (or Republicans) who hold the “liberal” position on issues like abortion or gay marriage, but they don’t claim to be moderates.
So why are liberals running from the liberal brand?
You better believe I am a proud conservative. Some conservatives would call me a RINO because I still like George W. Bush, but I don’t use that an excuse to call myself a moderate.
My conservative positions are based on my own assessments on the issues, and it’s hardly shocking that someone with generally conservative values will have an overwhelmingly conservative platform.
I am tired of liberals who call themselves moderate in order to claim they’ve reach an objective conclusion on the issues while implying that I have not. The fact is that they still use the same talking points that unabashed hardcore liberals use on a daily basis that reasonable people laugh at.
I’d much rather debate a liberal who is willing to admit they are liberal. At least they have a little pride in their ridiculous positions on issues and don’t try to hide behind a label that they think will protect them in an honest debate.
Cenk Uygur wrote a piece over at HuffPo about how Obama and Co just won’t get out there and fight…that Team Obama thinks they are winning and thus just don’t answer the GOP blow for blow. For those of us who have been watching Obama serially insult and attack us since he became President, this attitude comes as a surprise…what do the liberals want Obama to do? Shoot us?
Uygur’s opinion is applauded and repeated by many liberals in the comments, but other liberals are countering the argument with a plea for patience. Obama, you see, had dropped in his lap more challenges than any other President. Civil War? World War Two? Oh, puhleesse! Give me a break…that’s nothing! Think about what Obama was faced with: a recession! My goodness, man, can anything be more challenging than that? And then look at all that cruel obstructionism from the GOP…for crying out loud, in the face of the beaten down, dispirited GOP all Obama had was absolute command of Congress and the slavish devotion of the MSM. It is a wonder that Obama survived at all!
Interspersed are, naturally, the accusations that we’re all racists and that corporations and billionaires control us (one wonders if any liberal has ever asked what George Soros does for a living?). It is really rather sad; pathetic, really. It is people who simply don’t know…they were fed a fairy tale about what that wicked, mean Chimpy McSmirk BusHitler was up to…and then they were told that Obama was The One who will make it all better. Now that the fairy tale has entered reality and reality doesn’t measure up, they are just floundering around, looking for excuses or getting petulant that The One hasn’t delivered.
These are not people who are set for victory next year…from Obama on down liberals are just out of their depth. We’re going to beat them like a drum – not easily because ignorant as they are, they’ll still have a billion dollars to spend and a nasty streak a mile wide, but we’re going to beat them.